Community Investment Strategy/INSPIRE

Planning Commission Adopts INSPIRE Recommendations for John Eager Howard Elementary School

The INSPIRE recommendations for John Eager Howard School were approved at the 12 January 2017 meeting of the Planning Commission.  The recommendations cover Reservoir Hill and Penn North.  It is the first plan for strategic investment of City resources that bridges these two communities.  More than 250 people took part in shaping the recommendations through small meetings, communities, and surveys.  We thank everyone for making this possible.

Here is a link to the final plan: http://planning.baltimorecity.gov/sites/default/files/John%20Eager%20Howard%20INSPIRE%20Plan_FINAL.pdf

We look forward to working with everyone on the implementation of the plan.     

Help Prioritize Projects in Reservoir Hill & Penn North

The JEH Community Investment Strategy/INSPIRE planning process is in the stage of prioritizing items from the Draft Recommendations for implementation.  More than 200 people took part in surveys or meetings in the development oft he Draft Recommendations.  Below are two charts that were first presented at the June 2016 Reservoir Hill Community Meeting.

Community Recreation Initiative

The INSPIRE program will fund one significant community initiative separate and apart from the implementation of the Draft Recommendations.  One item that arose as important during the surveying process was the need for increased opportunities for community recreation.  Click the above link for a list of suggested projects and a map showing the locations of those projects.  Which do you think is most important?  Select your preferred project or rank the projects you consider important.  Are there other recreation needs you want to suggest?  Send your ideas to rgwynallen@reservoirhill.net

JEH Draft Recommendations Table

Click the above link for a refined implementation table, which we need to prioritize.  Please select your top 10 projects and prioritize them with number one being the most important.  Send your prioritization to rgwynallen@reservoirhill.net

Thank you for your help!

Full Agenda at the April Reservoir Hill Community Meeting - Your Input Needed

 

RESERVOIR HILL APRIL COMMUNITY MEETING

Tuesday, 5 April 2016, 6:30 pm
John
 Eager Howard Recreation Center, 2100 Brookfield Avenue

AGENDA

Community Strategic Investment/INSPIRE

The Baltimore City Department of Planning released the draft recommendations to guide strategic investment around John Eager Howard School in Reservoir Hill. We will be reviewing the INSPIRE recommendations with Planning staff. Your input is very much needed to make sure a plan guiding city investment meets community needs. For more information on this initiative, go to the RHIC website: 

Macht Building Renovation in Reservoir Hill

Matt Herman and Alan Pressman, local developers and residents of Charles Village and Reservoir Hill will be sharing information about their latest historic restoration project of the Park Circle Apartments, Macht Building, along Druid Park Lake Drive.   Matt and Alan will be available to answer questions.

Callow Avenue Redevelopment

All nine of the original houses under redevelopment on the 2200 block of Callow Avenue are already under contract, and the first houses are being completed.  Additional funding is allowing the partners to continue the renovation of Callow Avenue homes.  Come hear about this exciting initiative. Druid Heights CDC personnel will be present to discuss the project.  For more information on this initiative, go to the RHIC website:

Meet
Officer William Evans &
Major Eric Russell – Central District Commander

If you have any questions or would like to suggest a topic for a Community Meeting, please call the RHIC office at(410) 225-7547, or write to Rick Gwynallen at rgwynallen@reservoirhill.net

 

 Reservoir Hill is a Healthy Neighborhoods community

Draft INSPIRE Recommendation for Strategic Investment Around John Eager Howard School Released

The Baltimore City Department of Planning released the draft recommendations to guide strategic investment around John Eager Howard School in Reservoir Hill.  To read  the recommendation, Click Here.  For more information about the initiative to develop a plan for strategic community investment, Click Here.

The Reservoir Hill team will work with Department of Planning staff through April 18, to seek and incorporate additional community and agency feedback to the draft recommendations presented in this report.

A Public Review of the Recommendations will be held
at the Reservoir Hill Community Meeting
Tuesday, 5 April 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
John Eager Howard Recreation Center
2100 Brookfield Avenue

Please join us.  Your input is needed.

The final recommendations and INSPIRE plan which will include commitments from city agencies, an implementation plan, and additional information including relevant citywide initiatives, other agency efforts, and existing plans for the area.  Planning staff will then seek additional feedback from community stakeholders about the plan.

The final plan will be presented to, and adopted by, the Planning Commission over the summer. Department of Planning staff will work with the community to identify a “signature community project.”

INSPIRE Meeting in Penn North - 20 January

The evening of Tuesday, 5 January, the Baltimore City School Board voted to close Westside School in Penn North, making the fusion of John Eager Howard School and Westside School official.  The redevelopment of John Eager Howard School will create a 21st Century school facility in Reservoir Hill.  It is also an opportunity to create a strategic plan that will guide investment in the area and direct public funding toward improvements in transportation, housing, sanitation, open space, streets and sidewalks, and other community infrastructure.  With the combining of John Eager Howard and Westside we have the opportunity to identify improvement that better connect these neighborhoods.

We want to encourage everyone to come to the planning session in Penn North on 20 January.


Neighborhood Meeting for Central Reservoir Hill Streets

Lakeside area residents discuss prioritizing community improvements with City Planner Heather Martin.

You are invited to a

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING

For residents of Newington, Brookfield and Callow south of Whitelock, Park north of Newington, and Whitelock from Brookfield to Park

Thursday, 26 March 2015 – 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm – RSVP requested
John Eager Howard Recreation Center, 2100 Brookfield Avenue
Free Refreshments provided
Please RSVP or direct questions to the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council office at 410.225.7547 or by email at elopatin@reservoirhill.net

Two major planning efforts are underway that can bring positive changes to Reservoir Hill
Please join us and offer your ideas

JEH Community Investment Strategy/INSPIRE
Investing in Neighborhoods and Schools to Promote Improvement, Revitalization, and Excellence

The renovation of John Eager Howard Elementary School is an extraordinary opportunity to create a strategic plan to guide public and private investment in Reservoir Hill.  150 people have already provided input to this planning process. Please join us as we discuss preliminary recommendations.  What do the streets and sidewalks in your part of Reservoir Hill need?  Are lighting improvements needed? We want your input on these and many other improvements for your neighborhood.

For information on this project go to the RHIC website at:
http://www.reservoirhill.net/jeh-community-investment-strategyinspire

This session will be facilitated by Baltimore City Department of Planning personnel

 

Making North Avenue Safer, More Attractive, and a
Better Connector of West Baltimore Communities

RHIC is working with community organizations along West North Avenue to develop a conceptual streetscape master plan. More than 600 people have already taken part in the process. As a result of that input, the second draft of the West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan is out. At this meeting we will review the second draft and talk about how you can give feedback to help shape a third and final draft. Your input is very important to ensuring we transform North Avenue into a safe, beautiful, welcoming connector of our communities.

For information on this project go to the RHIC website at:

http://www.reservoirhill.net/re-imaging-north-ave
This session will be facilitated by Neighborhood Design Center

 

 

 

Review has started on initial John Eager Howard Community Investment Strategy/INSPIRE materials

Through surveys and open meetings, about 150 people have to date provided input into the John Eager Howard Community Investment Strategy/INSPIRE planning process. 

Last night at John Eager Howard Recreation Center we began reviewing materials the Department of Planning developed based on that input.

The material is organized into four categories:

  • Housing & Sanitation
  • Recreation & Open Space
  • Public Safety
  • Streets & Transportation

Once the maps and posters are formatted appropriately we will post them on the RHIC website

All four categories prompted vibrant discussion, and over the month of March we will be seeking further input and discussions.  We plan to organize sessions in different parts of Reservoir Hill in March to maximize community input.  Watch for notices.

Thank you to everyone who participated to this point!

Talking to Parents about the John Eager Howard Community Investment Strategy

Together with the rehabbing of John Eager Howard Elementary and the 21st Century Schools Initiative, the Baltimore City Department of Planning is looking at ways to improve the neighborhood around the school with its INSPIRE project.  Over the past two days, representatives from the Department of Planning have been at the school before and after classes, giving out free cups of coffee and hot chocolate to parents, and asking how their children get to school, the routes they take, and perceptions of safety in the community.  If you are a JEH parent, look for Aaron on January 5 near the rear entrance to the school to complete your survey!

Contact Eli Lopatin at elopatin@reservoirhill.net for more information.

First Public Session Toward a Strategic Investment Strategy in Reservoir Hill

Last night, 30 September, neighbors and friends met in small groups in the first public discussion of the John Eager Howard Community Investment Strategy at John Eager Howard Recreation Center.

The John Eager Howard School Investment Strategy is a collaborative project of Baltimore City Planning Department and Transform Baltimore: Build Schools, Build Neighborhoods.  The Baltimore City Planning Department is conducting a planning program for the neighborhoods around each of the new or renovated schools. The program is called INSPIRE, which stands for Investing in Neighborhoods and Schools to Promote Improvement, Revitalization, and Excellence.  Transform Baltimore partner Neighborhood Design Center will be working with select communities to create models of engaged community planning. Our community team is comprised of community leaders committed to broad and deep community outreach.

For background on this project, Click Here

Participants began building the foundation for a long-range vision to guide future investment in the area.

Small groups were facilitated by community members and Department of Planning staff, and supported by Neighborhood Design volunteers, in discussions of strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities in and around Reservoir Hill.

Materials from the session will be posted as it is assembled. 

 This is an historic opportunity.  We need your ideas!
Please watch for updates and future sessions.

Where should investment in Reservoir Hill be targeted? Help build the John Eager Howard Community Investment Strategy

 Friends and neighbors,

You are invited to

Help build the
John Eager Howard Community Investment Strategy

30 September 2014
To accomodate everyone's schedules
there will be two sessions:

Session 1 starts at 5:30 pm
Session 2 starts at 7:00 pm

John Eager Howard Recreation Center, 2100 Brookfield Avenue

→ John Eager Howard School will undergo redevelopment starting in late 2015 to create a 21st Century School Building

→ The new school can be a catalyst for improvements in the greater neighborhood – improved streets and sidewalks, improved services, improved condition of buildings and open space

→ You can help establish the vision and targeted improvements to guide future public and private investment in Reservoir Hill

Who we are:

The John Eager Howard School Investment Strategy is a collaborative project of Baltimore City Planning Department and Transform Baltimore: Build Schools, Build Neighborhoods.  The Baltimore City Planning Department is conducting a planning program for the neighborhoods around each of the new or renovated schools. The program is called INSPIRE, which stands for Investing in Neighborhoods and Schools to Promote Improvement, Revitalization, and Excellence.  Transform Baltimore partner Neighborhood Design Center will be working with select communities to create models of engaged community planning. Our community team is comprised of community leaders committed to broad and deep community outreach.

In this session:

The Baltimore City Planning Department and Neighborhood Design Center will help participants examine existing conditions around the school and identify strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. We will build the foundation for a long-range vision to guide future investment in the area, but also identify potential specific improvements to complement the investment at the school.

This is an historic opportunity.  We need your ideas!

The John Eager Howard Community Investment Strategy will be based on an engaged community planning process combined with rigorous data collection of existing conditions and needs, best practice and scholarly research of recommendations, value-based decision making, and collaborative engagement of community service providers, local foundations, City agencies, and JEH School leaders.

 

Please join us on the 30th of September!

For more information on the project, Click Here

or contact the RHIC office: 410.225.7547, rgwynallen@reservoirhill.net